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Poor Vision: Know The Signs

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be the result of a number of factors such as anatomical changes or abnormalities in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects due to medicine or injury. Lots of people also experience visual abnormalities associated with age or eye strain. Aging and stress can result in changes in your eyesight, which might cause pain and even make it harder to perform normal activities such as reading the newspaper or looking at a computer screen for long periods. Common signs and symptoms of these types of vision problems include blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, and struggling with short or long distances.

Blurred vision is one of the most oft-reported signs of a vision problem. If you suffer from blurred vision when focusing on distant objects or signs, you might be nearsighted, or myopic. If you have blurred vision when you're looking at something close by it could mean you suffer from hyperopia, or farsightedness. It can also be a symptom of astigmatism because of an irregularity in the shape of the cornea. Whatever the cause of blurry vision, it's vital to have your eye care professional examine your eyes and prescribe a solution to help clarify your sight.

A sudden onset of flashes of light, often combined with floating black spots and the sensation of a dark curtain that limits a section of your vision indicates you might have a retinal detachment. If this happens, see your eye doctor promptly, because it can have long-term consequences for your vision

Another warning sign of a vision problem is the inability to distinguish between shades or strength of color. This is an indication of a color perception problem, or color blindness. Interestingly, this condition is often not known to the patient until diagnosed by testing. Color blindness is mainly found in males. If a woman has difficulty perceiving color it may represent ocular disease, in which case, an eye doctor should be consulted. For people who struggle to distinguish between objects in minimal light, it could mean the patient suffers from night blindness.

Cataracts, a condition frequently seen older people have a number of telltale signs including: hazy sight that worsens in bright light, weak night vision, trouble seeing small writing or objects, the need for brighter light when reading, unexpected improvement in near vision but a decline in distance vision, redness of the eye, and a pale look to the normally dark pupil.

Throbbing eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, inflammation in the eye, colorful halos around lights, nausea and vomiting are also signs of glaucoma, a serious medical condition, which requires medical attention.

When it comes to children, we recommend you look out for uncoordinated eye movement, or eyes that cross in or out, which may indicate a condition called strabismus. Specific behavior in children, such as rubbing one or both eyes frequently, squinting, or needing to close one eye in order to see things better, can often indicate this issue.

Even though some conditions are more severe than others, any disruption to clear sight can be something that really affects your quality of life. A brief appointment with your optometrist can prevent being avoidably uncomfortable, not to mention further eye and vision damage.